Mouse tips

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Tips from Firefox support


Middle Click

Two-button mouse

For those without middle mouse buttons or mouse wheel, ctrl-click will also open new tabs for links, bookmarks, bookmark folders, history items, and toolbar buttons. Many Laptops mimic the MiddleClick/MouseWheelClick function if you click both right/left pads at the same time. Clicking both mouse buttons at the same time also mimics the MiddleClick/MouseWheelClick function.


Opening Tabs

Personal Toolbar

Middleclick/MouseWheelClick on a Bookmark on your Personal Toolbar will open it up in a New Tab.


MiddleClick/MouseWheel Click on a folder will open all the bookmarks in the folder in a new Tab(s) (Note: see [1])


MiddleClick/MouseWheel Click on a History item will open the page in a new Tab.

Back and Forward buttons

MiddleClick/MouseWheel Click on the Back and Forward buttons will open the last/next page in a new Tab.

Home button

MiddleClick/MouseWheel Click on the Home button will open your homepage in a new Tab(s).


MiddleClick/MouseWheel Click on a link will open that link in a new tab.


MiddleClick/MouseWheel Click on the Throbber (the 'busy' icon at the top-right) will open the Firefox homepage in a new Tab.


Middleclick/MouseWheelClick on "View Image" or "View Background Image" will open the image in a New Tab.

Closing Tabs

MiddleClick/MouseWheel Click on a Tab will close that Tab.

Double Click

Opening Tabs

Tab Bar

Double Clicking empty space on the Tab Bar will open a 'New Tab.

Download Manager

Double Clicking a file entry in the Downloads Manager will open/launch the file (provided you haven't moved it yet).

Right Click

Customize Toolbar

You can adjust your toolbars to your liking. Right click on any toolbar, and select 'Customize'. While this dialogue is up, you can move buttons around on your toolbars by click-and-drag to the new location. The window that pops up when you do this is a holding area for unused icons. You can drag any item from it onto your toolbars to have it made available, and you can drag any icon from your toolbars onto this box to hide that icon completely.

Some toolbar items, such as the Location bar, will expand to take up all available space.

Keyword Bookmark

Right clicking in a search box (such as the 'search mozillazine, powered by Google', on the left of this page) and selecting 'add a keyword for this search' lets you make an interactive keyword bookmark.

Here is how it works
Give it a name, such as 'Mozillazine search'
now, assign a keyword to it, such as 'moz'
click 'ok'
From now on, you can search mozillazine (or any other search box you used for this) from your address bar like this
Enter 'moz search topic' in your address bar and click Go!

Save all open tabs in a bookmark folder

Right click > Bookmark this Page. Check the "bookmark all tabs in a folder" checkbox. Select or create a folder.

Drag'n Drop

Moving bookmarks and folders

You can change a bookmark's position in a folder or move it from one folder to another or move it to another position on the toolbar by highlighting it & clicking on it (WITHOUT LETTING GO) and dragging it to your desired position. A folder can be moved the same way as above tip but u MUST hold down the SHIFT key while dragging. (note: didn't see that SHIFT made any difference) To copy a folder, hold the Ctrl key while dragging.


You can bookmark the current page by dragging the icon from the location bar to your Bookmarks folder. You can also drag it to the desktop to make an icon for that page. Drag a text file, a link, a picture, etcetera... from your folders or your desktop to Firefox and it will open in Firefox!


"Click-and-drag" a bookmark to the main content window (which is the biggest on the Firefox user interface),so you can open it in a new tab! Dragging a link onto a new tab will open the link in the new tab.

Downloading links

Drag any link to the Download Manager Window to add & download the link. You can also directly download anything from a page by drag and dropping it onto the 'download' icon in your toolbar (provided you put it there in 'right-click > customize').

Mouse and Keyboard


Holding down the Shift or Ctrl key when you Right Click to "View Image" or "View Background Image" will open the image in a New Tab or New Window.

Selecting text

If you hold down the CTRL key and left click on part of a web page, that section of the page will be highlighted. If you right click on the selection and choose 'View selection source', the source code for that part of the page will be displayed. To quickly highlight text, especially long text fields. Left-click once in the window where you want the selection to start; and then shift=click in the spot where you want the selection to end (selection range). *this is a lot easier than click-selection-dragging, especially where there is a lot of text to highlight.

Font Size

Hold Ctrl AND scroll up down with the mouse to change font size. (The font changing on IE is 5 sizes. FF has dozens of size settings.)